The Nicaraguan contra
leaders said they would obtain weapons from the Israeli embassy in Guatemala; sales also were made in Honduras.
In a 2001 article for The New York Review of Books, Steven Kinzer, a New York Times reporter and an expert on Central America, wrote that Negroponte's nomination at the time as ambassador to the United Nations was "part of a concerted effort to rehabilitate those who planned and organized the Nicaraguan contra
war of the 1980s.
Some 300 former Nicaraguan contra
commanders have taken a page from the playbook of Guatemala's Patrullas Autodefensas Civiles (PAC) to demand that they and thousands of other ex- contras be compensated for their service in the internal war against the Sandinista government.
One told him he "was involved in covert CIA operations to assist Nicaraguan contra
guerrillas in the late 1980s.
The series reported that the head smugglers, Danilo Blandon and Norwin Meneses, imported cocaine, sold it in Los Angeles and used millions of dollars in profits to fund the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contra
"freedom fighters" in their war against the socialist Sandinista regime.
government operation supplying illegal shipments of weapons to the Nicaraguan Contra
rebels, using funds from secret arms sales to Iran.
While one of the biggest government scandals of the 1980s was the Iran-Contra affair involving US arms sold to Iran so money could be funneled to Nicaraguan Contra
rebels, Webb found arms sales weren't the only funding tactic.
Peter and Matt's investigation uncovers a cabal of corrupt politicians, anti-communist Nicaraguan Contra
supporters, and drug smugglers.
They have, during the past eight years, deactivated 24,000 mines and other explosive ordnance left in Honduras after the Nicaraguan contra
A State Department-funded investigation in 1986 and 1987, while Ward was deputy division chief for Latin America and Honduran station chief overseeing the Nicaraguan contra
operation, said the contra's CIA handlers "turned the other way" regarding the contras' use of torture and murder.
Waters has been among the toughest critics of the CIA since the San Jose Mercury News published reports in August claiming the agency and the Nicaraguan Contra
rebels it supported during the 1980s had ties with a Los Angeles cocaine merchant.
CIA operatives, who later resurfaced during the Nicaraguan Contra
war during the 1980s, were experienced in using drugs to support covert operations.